IN university lands in last place of free speech survey

Monday, October 5, 2020
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'Freedom of Speech' sign held upA poll conducted by a First Amendment advocacy group has ranked the best and worst colleges for free speech rights and a small university in America’s heartland ranks as the very worst.

DePauw University, located in Greencastle, Indiana, scored the lowest among 55 colleges and universities that were included in the online survey conducted by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

DePauw scored 44 and the University of Chicago topped the list with a score of 64, Fox News reported.

FIRE researcher Sean Stevens tells OneNewsNow that 20,000 college students were asked if they are able to discuss sensitive topics in the classroom, such as politics and race, as well as their personal worries about a climate that prevents free expression.

Stevens says the survey found 72 percent of conservative students self-censor due to a fear of how others would respond.

"You see that coming from more conservative students than liberals,” he says, “but there's plenty liberal students who say that as well. I think the whole pattern of that is actually very concerning."

It is not news that universities allow far-left professors to preach their dogma to impressionable students, who typically remain quiet in fear of punishment, but today’s campus culture that preaches “Silence is Violence” means some students and professors are also pressured to state views they disagree with, such as admitting to “white privilege" or risk being branded a racist. 

In fact, Fox News noticed the survey found 20 percent of the students polled said using violence to stop unwanted speech is acceptable in some cases. At the prestigious Ivy League schools, 36 percent said violence is "sometimes" or "always" warranted. 

Following the University of Chicago, the other top rankings were Kansas State, Texas A&M, University of California-Los Angeles, and Arizona State.

The worst-performing schools after DePauw include Syracuse, Dartmouth, Louisiana State, and the University of Texas.

DePauw was founded in 1837 as Indiana Asbury University but was changed to DePauw to honor a wealthy financial contributor, Washington DePauw.

The university is known as the birth place of the Society of Professional Journalists.


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